Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

SpaceX Announces New Plan to Send Tourist Around Moon

SpaceX Announces New Plan to Send Tourist Around Moon

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

The company will host a media event on Monday, Sept. 17 and other than state that it will be held at their headquarters located in Hawthorne, California and that Musk would "announce the world's first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle" - little else has been released.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet.

But Musk later hinted that the passenger could be Japanese by tweeting the country's flag when asked if he was the one being sent.


SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars.

They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. Back in February 2017, the company announced that two people had signed up for a week-long around the moon mission with a launch date expected late 2018.

No details have been revealed about who the passenger is and why they're flying, but SpaceX said it would reveal all on Monday.

US President Donald Trump has championed plans to put boots on the Moon again, as NASA works on building a lunar gateway that would serve as a launching point for missions heading even further into deep space, such as asteroids or Mars.

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